I have driven my A6 for 14,000 miles since purchase. It has been totally reliable and I believe it is a better buy than either a BMW 5 Series or Mercedes E-Class because of its all round ability, even if the other two cars are better in some areas.
The cabin is first class and makes you feel good when you climb into the car. Some of the controls are a little over-fussy, but otherwise they are good. The MMI is excellent once you have become familiar with it and the DVD Satellite Navigation system is the best I have used.
The ride over bad surfaces is far too hard but on the motorway, the A6 rides well and feels totally secure in all conditions. It is the sort of car which will cover long distances effortlessly and not leave you with backache at the end of the journey.
Driven carefully it will achieve 40mpg on motorway journeys and my overall average fuel consumption since purchase has been 33mpg, which, for a big 3.0-litre four-wheel-drive car, is good. The diesel engine is powerful from low revs and gearchanges on the automatic gearbox are seamless for most of the time.
Testers criticise the steering for being too light at low speeds, but for everyday drivers who have to park their cars, it is ideal. I have owned many cars, including Jaguars, BMWs and Volvos, but this car is the best car I have had.
I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a versatile, well-built car which is a pleasure to own and drive.
this is a brilliant car. superbly built, great to drive and stunning to look at. its also economical, i get about 42mpg on average and its reasonably fast as well. don't buy a bmw 5-series, it might be a bit better to drive but not by enough to make up for all the problems with that car, e.g. the truly awful i-drive system (even the saleman couldn't use it), smaller cabin, awkward looks and harsh ride. the merc e-class is boring and not very good to drive, and the prices are ludicrous. every other car in this sector is counted out because of the scary depreciation they have, e.g citroen c6, peugeot 607, saab 9-5, volvo s80, vauxhall signum, and honda legend to name a few.
Just an update - the car is mostly doing well, but there are a few problems at only 6000 mile on the clock.
First of all we are having the same problem as Andrew Birley with the suspension, and the fuel consumption is very varied - I got a about 18 mpg doing about 50mph while my wife got over 58mpg.
You can do a postcode search on the DVD-based sat-nav, which is the best toy I have ever owned. The boot can take two full size suitcase and is well shaped.
Overall the car is doing very well and I am going to get in touch with Inverness Audi about the suspension.
This is my fourth Audi TDi and my first A6. I opted for the 3.0Tdi Quattro SE Avant as it rides a little higher than the S-Line which helps when towing my caravan. When reading reviews the A6 was criticised for a firm ride so I had the adaptive air suspension fitted and it is superb,in comfort mode it floats along and gives a superb ride, however for a sporty ride just set it to dynamic. This is my first automatic and the tiptronic is a dream to use with apparently seamless shifting, you can over ride it at anytime with the shift paddles giving you total control. I had my 3 previous TDi's superchipped but this time I have gone for the Tunit unit which I had fitted at Tunit Chorley along with a K+N Filter. If you sell the car you can take it off in minutes and Tunit will give you a part ex allowance if it is not compatible with your new car. It now punches out 275 bhp and the power delivery is smooth and instant.
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